F1 TV Pro to broadcast entirety of opening test live

Subscribers of F1 TV Pro will be able to watch eight hours of live coverage per day from the opening pre-season test in Barcelona next month.

Formula 1 teams will gather at Spanish Grand Prix venue Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from February 18 to 21 and from February 26 to March 1.

All 10 teams are set to be present as they put their 2019 challengers to the test for the first time, with track action running from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.

F1 TV Pro will broadcast eight hours per day – in effect the entirety of the day’s track action – with a one-hour review show set to follow each evening, running from 18:00 to 19:00, as soon as the chequered flag brings running to a close.

F1 TV Pro, which was launched in 2018, is currently available in 59 territories, while from February 18 it will launch in Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden.

“Following the beta launch of F1 TV last year, our goal is to continue to enhance the product to include more markets, content and platforms,” said Frank Arthofer, Director of Digital, Licensing and New Business at Formula 1.

“Our ambition is to provide fans with a terrific product that allows them to personalise their viewing experience and deepen the insight available to them about the sport they love.

“By broadcasting testing for the first time, we are ensuring F1 TV Pro subscribers are rewarded with all the latest action from pre-season."

UK viewers will be able to watch testing on Sky Sports F1, which outlined earlier this week that it will broadcast the afternoon sessions live.